Ded Unskanpi Adult Basic Education Program


About The Program

The Ded Unskanpi Adult Basic Education Program seeks to address a critical gap in the education pathway for Native students. Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a foundational pathway, often bridging the gap between a student dropping out of high school and pursuing high school equivalency (HSE) certification. ABE supports students in developing the literacy and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in an HSE program and continue on the pathway to college, meaningful employment, and healthy lives.

The American Indian College Fund’s Ded Unskanpi Adult Basic Education Program provides ABE support to existing College Fund HSE TCU partners. This support is tailored to each TCU, but may include ABE class and course development, professional development or training for staff, materials and resources for students, support in hosting ABE events, staff salary support, programming support, and basic student needs support such as transportation, childcare, food access, and internet access. Ded Unskanpi can be translated from Dakota to “we start here”. Its meaning highlights all pre-college pathways, particularly Adult Basic Education and literacy programming as essential first steps to students’ success in an HSE program, college, career, and life.

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